Biden will hold mayoralty in Wisconsin on Tuesday to bolster support for the bill, which faces opposition from Republicans.
United States President Joe Biden to push for $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 pandemic relief bill during an event Tuesday in the US state of Wisconsin, hit hard by the pandemic and its economic fallout.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Biden would run a city hall in Milwaukee, the state’s largest city, on Tuesday night.
Wisconsin is “a state where people have been hit by the pandemic, they have been hit by the economic downturn,” Psaki said at a press conference earlier today.
“The president felt he could have a good conversation with people about the way forward.”
Biden has been to his home state of Delaware and the presidential retreat from Camp David since taking office on Jan.20, but the trip to Milwaukee is his first official assignment since becoming president.
After the US Senate vote on Saturday for acquit Former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, the White House is eager to advance Biden’s agenda on the economy, tackle COVID-19, curb climate change and tackle racial inequality.
Biden wants Congress to pass his $ 1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in coming weeks in order to get $ 1,400 stimulus checks to Americans and strengthen unemployment payments.
“The vast majority of people like what they see in this package,” Psaki said Tuesday.
“And that should be an indication, and noted by members of Congress when they are considering whether or not they will vote for it,” she said.
But the president faces resistance from Republicans over the hefty price tag of the stimulus bill.
At the end of last month, a group of Republican senators urged Biden to scale back his plan in the name of “bipartisanship and unity.”
“In the spirit of bipartisanship and unity, we have developed a COVID-19 relief framework that builds on previous COVID assistance laws, which have all passed with bipartisan support,” they said. in a letter.
Republican lawmakers then met with Biden to discuss their alternative proposal, but the president said his priority was to secure the stimulus legislation. passed quickly – even if that means it won’t have bipartisan support.
Biden and his allies have argued that “big” will help stimulate the economy and bring the pandemic under control.
The United States has reported more than 487,000 coronavirus-related deaths to date, as well as more than 27.7 million cases of COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University – the highest numbers in the world.